Tea and Gratitude

I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.
~ William Shakespeare

 

Have you ever been so overwhelmed by the goodness and kindness of another – the generosity of a gift – the wonder at the joy one takes in pouring the best of themselves out for your sake – that you are struck speechless in knowing – not only how to receive in abundance, but how to adequately express the gratitude and thankfulness swirling about in your heart? 

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, 
and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. 
 ~ G.K. Chesterton

The good Mr. Chesterton is so very right.  Here – do take a spot of tea with me today as I recount a manifestation of God’s graciousness in the Body of Christ – the Church!

Pouring out my tea today . . .

My heart is overflowing in awe and wonder pondering this past weekend as thirty dear brothers and sisters from our church – Calvary Chapel Vineland – poured themselves out for the sake of putting a new roof on our house at a critical time.

 
Just one week after losing the mainstay of our income, our gutters began to collapse revealing wood rot under aging shingles and the need to replace same in a timely manner before inclement weather compromised the problem to create far more damage.

How was such a thing to be afforded?  Where would the provision for such an expense come from and how could such a thing be accomplished?

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, 
let your requests be made known to God.
Philippians 4:6 NKJV

If there is one thing I believe God has wanted me to learn in such a deep and confident way this year, it is that GOD IS MY PROVIDER in ALL things.

Even roofs.

The Lord works through the Body of Christ – His Church.  We became the awed and amazed recipients of professional project planning, anonymous donations for material costs, food to feed the crew, and the most perfect weather for roofing – overcast with a just right breeze that kept everyone fresh and fit for the job at hand!

What about thirty of us from our church Body gained this past Saturday – in addition to sore leg and arm muscles – was the out-of-this-world JOY that it was to come together with whatever skill we had and give freely for the good of another.

My family just happened to have the job of humbly accepting such a gift – a spiritual exercise that has kept the love of the Lord in my life as a constant meditation of my heart.

Our church includes many skilled builders and craftsmen who took the lead and came together for the huge job of clearing away the old . . .

And, installing the new . . .

With some rather intricate patching and repair work along the way.

There was enough work for all – ladies and gents and young lads, too!

  

To the generous mind the heaviest debt is that of gratitude, 
when it is not in our power to repay it.
 ~ Benjamin Franklin

I am perplexed in knowing how to repay so many for their goodness and kindness to us.  I love to give and be a help, but I don’t know that I’m so good being on the receiving end of such generosity.

So, here’s my cup of tea today, in this elegant heart shaped cup and saucer trimmed in gold.

My raspberry herbal tea looks splendid served inside and set against a backdrop of some souvenirs of the event.  As I sip, I meditate on the provision of the Lord – so sublime – and the precious giving spirits of everyone who followed the example of Jesus and poured of themselves – for the sake of another – in so many generous ways.

May they all know unbounded blessings to meet their needs through the miraculous Provision of our Heavenly Father . . .

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
~ James 1:17

NOTE:  Do join me this weekend on PINK SATURDAY when I shall have a more in-depth and humorous PINK look at all the joy we shared on this eventful day.  A photo log with plenty of PINK to be found along the way!

Having Tea and Gratitude this week with:
  Sandi on Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage
Kathy’s A Return to Loveliness Tuesday at Delightsome Life
Terri’s Teacup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Teacups and Tea Things at Antiques and Teacups
Trish’s Simply Sweet at Lily Rose Cottage
 

Comments

  1. Hello dear Kathy,
    What an outpouring of love from your Christian brothers and sisters! God is good! I am so thankful they came and lent you a hand when you needed it.
    I too have been at the receiving end of that same extravagant love from my brothers and sisters over the years. It is a wee peek at the over abundance of Christ’s love for us. It is humbling and ever so wonderful!
    Thank you for sharing your pretty heart-shaped teacup with the red elixir and thank you for your lovely comments. Have a delightful week, my friend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

  2. This post brought a tear to my eye, as beauty sometimes brings a tear; God provides, in this instance, through his people. What a privilege for them to give and for you to receive. Also, I love the heart shaped tea cup, so pretty.

  3. Just beautiful. His body, poured out graciously. Thank you for the beauty you set forth in every post. I so might be inspired someday to make a tea post to share…I just adore yours so…and my MIL gave me such an exquisite set.Hmmm. Much love and so rejoicing with you in the provision of the roof for your home. I am so grateful for your church family for providing that blessing!

  4. What a lovely gift you have received! Isn’t God good? Thanks for the timely reminder that He is our provider — I needed this today!

  5. Hi Kathy,
    What a beautiful example of God’s Love for his children. The body of Christ, the church, has shown His amazing love by answering your prayers. Thanks for sharing your heart-felt post. I love your heart shaped teacup…so pretty for this post. Have a wonderful week.

    Blessings,
    Lisa

  6. Hello Kathy
    How blessed you were to have the support of your family from church when you needed their help.
    The heart shaped teacup is delightful with, or without tea.
    Judith

  7. I am so happy for you Kathy! Is is so lovely to be able to receive kindly, just as it is so lovely to have a blessed opportunity to give! Both sides are wonderful! I am so glad you were blessed with a wonderful roof just at the perfect time! Yay! What fabulous human beings!
    Hugs,
    Terri

  8. Kathy~ This is a lovely post, with gratitude and affection shining in your sentiments. I know your church fellows were glad to help you and received joy in the effort. Have a blessed Mothers Day…your first as ‘grandma’, right?!
    Hugs

  9. Hi Kathy,
    How wonderful to have the help and support of your church family in your time of need.
    God is good,
    Have a good week
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  10. Dearest Kathy,

    This is so heartwarming; God bless them for such Christian loving kindness and help. God is indeed good! Thanks for sharing this heartwarming news with all of us.

    Please do feel most warmly welcome to also pop by for a cuppa in my little corner of Tuesday Teatime In Blogland’, if you’d care to; I’d love to have you visit dear lady.

    Hugs, Wanda Lee

  11. So many generous, gifted people in the body of Christ! We have been blessed many times over by brothers and sisters in Christ like that!

    I am so happy for you, Kathy! (I’m coming by way of Trish’s meme) Although I already have you in my blog reader!

    I know that you have already followed me at my other blog, but my personal blog has changed and I have also recently opened up an art site with free blog headers!

    It is good to meet up with you at other places:)

  12. What a wonderful blessing our brothers and sisters in Christ are!!
    Love in action is the sweetest kind.. and surest witness of a heart after God’s very own.
    Kathy, I’m so glad you had the help you needed at the right time!
    Praise the Lord!
    Thanks for sharing this great post with us for Simply Sweet.
    Praying for you and Ed to be blessed even more..
    Trish xx

  13. A WONDERFUL POST INDEED…GOD ALWAYS PROVIDES UP WITH OUR NEEDS…Be (anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving,
    let your requests be made known to God.)
    THIS IS THE GREAT SCRIPTURE….BE ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING…THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS POST…GLAD IT ALL WORKED OUT FOR YOU AND THE CHURCH..GOD BLESS HAPPY THURSDAY…WITH LOVE JANICE

  14. Dearest Miss Kathy, just sitting here in my living room, reading your sweet post. Oh, such a blessing was bestowed on you and your family! It just warms my heart to know that the church is alive and well! I have been studying the early church and I love hearing your story and thinking this is how it should be!
    Your heart shaped cup and saucer is so perfect for your lovely story.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Love,
    Lady Linda

  15. This post is a huge blessing to my heart, HUGE.
    What a great big wonderful God we have to turn the hearts of his children toward each other with gifts of service and love. This is exactly the way it is supposed to be.

    May the church be blessed in proportion to their cheerful giving.
    I really love this.

  16. What a wonderful faith building gift you were given indeed.
    I never thanked you for the verses you gave me those few weeks ago when I asked for prayer. The family situation is not much changed, but God really did a work on me and my sisters and like all hardships (sometimes they come in the shape of rotten roofs) God revealed He is near, cares, and has it all figured out, and has for some time.
    Thanks again,
    Leah

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